Hosta 'Christmas Tree'

Dr. Kevin Vaughn of Massachusetts originated this cultivar and Mildred Seaver of Massachusetts registered it in 1982. It is a hybrid of H. 'Frances Williams' × H. 'Beatrice'. This large size (23 inches high by 56 inches wide) hosta is medium to dark green with a creamy white marginal variegation. The foliage is broadly oblong to ovate, moderately corrugated and deeply lobed at the base. It bears funnel shaped medium lavender flowers which are borne on 32 inch scapes from late June into July followed by purple seed pods.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar was "...described as a sibling to 'Breeder's Choice', 'Mildred Seaver' and 'William Lachman'... also marketed as 'Grand Master'..."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "An often overlooked ornamental feature is the purplish color that the numerous seed pods develop in later summer...Recently, The American Hosta Society Cultivar Origination Commission determined that 'Christmas Tree' and 'Grand Master' are the same plant."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Grow as a specimen plant in a large container...In full bloom, the plant outline is pyramidal, having a fancied resemblance to a Christmas tree."

A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in The Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about H. 'Brave Amherst', "William and Eleanor Lachman registered this cross of 'Christmas Tree' and 'Reversed' in 1993.. In maturity, it makes a large clump with impressive blue leaves that show a golden yellow margin of variable width."

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1990 #35
1991 #24
1992 #24
1997 #17


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